There is no explicit definition for art. Because of its ambiguity, it is a concept that is open for public interpretation. Oftentimes, art is perceived as a way to express one’s creativity and imagination. However, freshman Aidan Phan considers art as an outlet to build experiences and relationships.
Through the application of art, Phan was able to develop a closer relationship with his relatives.
“[A] lot of people in my family are artists,” Phan said. “My uncle is really good at drawing, my aunt does a lot of art and craft[s], and my brother is a digital drawer.”
Phan was introduced to art by his older brother. He started off by watching his brother draw. Before long, Phan developed a passion for art and followed in his brother’s footsteps.
“I was confused as to why [my brother] would waste hours [away by] drawing,” Phan said. “Curiosity got the best of me, [and] I also began to draw.”
Phan’s admiration soon developed into a hobby for him to immerse himself in.
“I wanted to be like [my brother], so I began to go at it,” Phan said. “Art has become a hobby of mine that I enjoy doing, and I would like to get more serious with it.”
Although he would like to spend more time drawing, Phan faces challenges that inhibits him from pursuing art full-time. From academics to extracurricular activities, Phan has become exposed to countless opportunities that could possibly occupy his free time.
“I don’t have the time to draw [as much anymore],” Phan said. “When I entered high school, I joined cross country, and ever since [then], I just preferred running over drawing.”
Nonetheless, Phan’s fascination with art still remains. He continues to draw, though only occasionally.
“I want to hang on to it, because I genuinely [do] enjoy drawing,” Phan said. “I don’t want to give up on it, so I try to draw whenever I can.”
With cross country season coming to a close, Phan hopes to be able to dedicate more time to art as he considers developing his hobby into a possible career.